Tarot Pull – 8.13.18 – VI (6) of Air Inverted

Happy Monday guys. Today has been somewhat of one of those Mondays here in New York – rainy, and just a nuisance to have to deal with cloudy weather. I’m the type of person/empath where my emotions and the weather match, and today is a perfect example of what that means. It’s just been really ugly all day long, and that’s never fun.

Did y’all watch Insecure last night? I know I did. I have my thoughts about what this season is going to give, such as Molly setting her boundaries with Dro (COME ON UNIVERSE BEING ALIGNED WITH ISSA RAE AND ALL THE WRITERS IN REGARDS TO MY POSTS COMING TO LIFE) and Issa just trying to get her head on straight when it comes to her whole life. It seems like everyone in the show is in a state of becoming, and so are we. We are becoming even truer versions of ourselves, and fighting to remember what is most important to us and our spiritual growth, as well as our mental health. Hell, even people on television are proving to us that it’s important for us to remember what our boundaries are, and who the hell we actually are.

Today, before I lead into the Tarot Card pull of the day, I want to give you all this mantra I came across this week. Weekly, I read the tarot cards for the energy that you should be channeling from the week from one of my favorite websites, Forever Conscious, and the mantra at the very end of the page spoke to me.

“I see my past as my friend, leading me towards a positive future. I let go of any negative thought patterns. I am always moving forward.”

This was something I needed to read. Yesterday, I felt extremely guilty for not writing, but I just didn’t have the energy or the time, honestly. My mind has been in flux lately with so many things going on – work starting next week, me being out of town this weekend and being disconnected from the world, writing letters of recommendation for college, helping a friend edit his book…the list goes on. Normally, all of these things lead me to feel frantic and overwhelmed. I hate having a to-do list and feeling like there’s not enough time for me to get everything done, but also find that balance between productivity and running myself ragged. I simply beat myself up for sleeping in too late today (lemme tell you, sleeping in front of the A/C all night will fuck you up the next morning), but I knew that my body needed the rest. I was sad I didn’t post yesterday, but knew that creatively, my mind needed a break. I worked on some personal stuff instead, and I remembered that there’s no need for me to go into this anxiety driven state, like I normally do. Sometimes, all I need to do is take a breath, connect with my soul star and my Earth star, and just remember that I am not perfect. Whatever can get done will get done. I urge you to take care of yourself and your process this week, and learn from how you have felt in the past and whether or not it served you. I mean, today, I got in the gym (and y’all know how I just groaned and moaned about being in the gym a couple posts ago). I knew that it was a priority and a promise I made to myself, and I wanted to stick to it because I knew it would help me in the long run. While I was exhausted afterwards (and still am), I’m glad I didn’t succumb to the idea of just saying ‘no’ and finding a way to talk myself out of it. I faced my truth, and knew that my ideas of the gym were a lie. It can be a haven of peace and release if I allow it to be. That’s a choice I consciously have to make, and I am moving forward and releasing negative thought patterns around it.

If there’s something in your life today that you have had negative experiences with in the past, they offer lessons to us. If the lesson is you staying away from that space, honor that. If you have a negative thought pattern around it that is unjustified, take some time to look inside yourself and figure out why you feel the way that you feel. Perhaps it can clarify some things for you, and allow you to do the inner work necessary to prevail and remind yourself of why you can make a choice to change the way you react to things for the better.

Now, today’s card is the 6 of Air inverted.

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As ya’ll can see, there are a bunch of birds flying around a beach, with the sun in the background, looking peaceful.

“Six birds on the seashore fly away. They may be trying to reach other lands, or they may just be flying around, playing in the air. In the air, they feel like queens of the sky, endowed as they are with the gift of flying and the ability to spend the night on any shore where they find suitable weather.”

I interpret this in general to mean that wherever you are, you have a choice – you either can move around and do different things, experience different emotions, and go through different circumstances if you choose. You can also just chill, be majestic, and know that the gifts that you are blessed with allow you to be where you want to be when you want to be there. It also talks about them ‘playing in the air’. Sometimes, you can choose to move around with purpose. Sometimes, you just want to be free. Channel that energy if you choose.

However, the inversion of this card has a different meaning. It states: ‘dispersion, distraction, disquiet. Immobility, putting down roots, settling down. That which does not mutate.’

A couple of things that arise from within me – you may be feeling like there are so many distractions happening in your life right now. I know I have been. Take a second to figure out why you’re distracted if you are, get to the root of it, and determine whether or not said distraction is worth that energy. You may be led to spread some of your love, some of that energy that has you distracted, or whatever has you stagnant to other areas of your life. Don’t feel like you can’t move or you’re ‘immobile’. That is a choice if you allow it to be. Life is made to be lived as free, and you (me) personally may feel like you’re trapped. You aren’t though. You have the choice to do what the hell you want, and just be as free as a bird is, flying all throughout the skies. You can still put roots down somewhere, but you are still able to love and experience life for what it is worth if that’s your choice. You are a queen/king, after all. Everything in your head may not be quiet either. That’s okay too – figure out how to silence your mind. I suggest meditation, because when you have the opportunity to look inward, you’re able to try and tap into the root of some of your problems. This could be very beneficial for you in many ways.

You may be feeling a bit stagnant right now, or a bit frazzled. That’s okay. Just remember that you have a choice to not feel that way, and you know what it takes in order for you to feel much more at peace and move forward to a place of serenity. You could put down roots and that helps you settle down. That could alleviate some of the noise in your brain. You could also distract yourself with something positive for you. These are all suggestions to help you lead a healthier, better life.

Take some time to think about yourself, and give yourself a little love for what you have accomplished today. Envision what all parts of life look like for you, and whether you choose to be free as a bird and play, or fly south for the winter. It’s really a daily choice in regards to what you choose to feel. You’re in control of that, and you can experience all of those emotions. You just need to determine what’s best for you in the grand scheme of things, and how you truly want to feel.

Be present in where you are right now, and where you’re going. You’ll see things manifest for you if you focus your intentions and energy where you visualize yourself being as I’ve stated before. You don’t have to live in that disquiet at all unless you choose to. Everything is your own personal choice. Choose what’s best for you.

Press on, my friends. You’re doing great.

Amen. Asé.

-gg

Boundary Setting.

Something led me today to talk about boundaries, and resetting them in order to make yourself put yourself in a better place wholly. A quote that I came across that resonated with me came from something I ran across while searching information about boundary setting.

“Setting boundaries is a way of caring for myself. It doesn’t make me mean, selfish, or uncaring (just) because I don’t do things your way. I care about me too.”Christine Morgan

Today, I decided to do a video instead because a friend of mine said he wanted to see me back in front of a camera. I haven’t been in front of a camera in a while, and I wanted to open myself up to being vulnerable and trying this out instead of a general blog post. This is the first time I’ve done this in quite some time, so bear with me and all of my flubs. Practice, not perfection.

Have you been setting boundaries in your life with your loved ones and your partners? What does that look like? Hopefully, today’s message can help touch you in a way to reset what those boundaries look like, and make sure that you’re setting them with the utmost positive intentions.

Remember. Saying ‘no’ is an answer in itself.

Asé. Amen.

-gg

Tarot Pull – 8.4.18 | Oshumare/Oxumaré

Before I dive into today’s tarot pull of the day, I would like to explain my process. Every morning before I get up and start my day, I have a routine.

I meditate, I do dice divination (essentially my number(s) of the day), I sage myself, I read from my devotional and another book to practice increasing my spiritual connection, and also do a tarot card pull for the day in order to think about where my energy needs to personally be focused, or how the tarot card can be a guiding light for others as I read and connect it to the meaning.

The deck I currently use to do my pulls is The Tarot of the Orishas, created by Zolrak. I came across this deck when visiting my favorite crystal store in Union Square (Namaste Bookshop), and for some reason, this deck stuck out to me. I’d never worked with tarot cards before, and and growing up Christian, I was always led away from tarot card readings/psychics because I was always told it was the work of the Devil or something that led me further away from God’s grace. As I started to undergo my true spiritual transformation around maybe January or February of 2017, I started to unlearn all of the psychobabble and biases I was given growing up in order to make me feel like I couldn’t receive the signs that the Universe had for me. I’ve always had a connection to the Orishas, ever since my trip to Cuba back in 2013. (Trigger warning: the linked post comes from my Tumblr where I was in a different space and a different time, and the post recounts my time in Cuba, which wasn’t the most heartwarming – feel free to read if you choose).

There was a lot of energy that didn’t make sense at the time going on around me, and during my time in Cuba, I encountered 2 babalawos that allowed me to find another sense of spiritual guidance. A babalawo is essentially what I tell people is the equivalent of a priest in the Catholic religion, to make it plain. I was given a diloggún reading and I had received an eleke from one of the babalawos (basically a necklace that is given to initiates in the Santería religion) even though I hadn’t undergone the official process to become initiated into the religion. I’ve had this eleke ever since my trip back then in 2013, and I feel as though it’s part of the reason why I’m still alive today – the Ancestors and the Orisha have been protecting me and guiding me over the past 5 years. Even going back and skimming through the post that I hyperlinked above brings back so much pain and anguish (hell, that Tumblr page was created when I was a college student, and I haven’t used it since probably 2014 so my whole life was just in a different state then), but was the beginning of me uncovering a lot of my past hurt to bring me to where I am today.

Why all this backstory? I guess because 1) I’m long winded and 2) I needed to ground myself in the reasons as to why I chose this specific deck in Namaste that day. As far as my religious beliefs, don’t ask me what I believe in or what I don’t believe in. Just know that I channel whatever Spirit gives to me and feels is necessary for me to progress in this lifetime. If you wanna talk about my personal beliefs, contact me directly and we can further discuss.

Anyway, back to my daily routine – I began to start to pull cards for myself at the beginning, not knowing what the actual hell I was doing. I was just pulling cards, and reading up on them, getting to know each of the cards and what they meant. This happened back in 2017. At times, I would try readings on my friends, but I felt like I didn’t have the “juice” in order to truly give accurate readings. I soon realized that that was my own judgment of myself and doubt getting in the way, and that when I started to allow the Spirits to course through me so that way I could feel my own energy and pull relevant cards for myself, things started to make sense. I then transitioned into doing readings for close friends just to try it out, and eventually ended up doing it for other acquaintances and strangers, and every reading that I had done hit the spirit of the person I did the reading for.

Daily, I pull a card for myself, and got in the habit of tweeting what my daily pull would be, in hopes that it could be a guiding light for not just myself, but someone else. The pull would primarily be for me, but the sharing aspect of it and the responses I would get from some of my Twitter followers showed me that the cards that I pull don’t necessarily just have to be for my personal journey, but also could resonate with others in the world. My soul purpose is to be a proponent of sharing that gift with others anytime that I can. This brings me to the reason why I’m going to start sharing my pulls on here, and I hope that these pulls can bring you some clarity or make you rethink some things going on in your life.

Here are the basics for my practice: essentially, I’ll show a picture of the card and give the meaning of what the card is, along with a little bit of a background as to what the card means based on what Zolrak writes (if you ever choose to hire me for a tarot reading, you’ll get this done while I channel your energy through my spirit and be able to pull what is best for you, based on your situation). For me, I pull to help myself be grounded for the day, and share what I receive with others. If you feel anything from this post or this pull, feel free to comment. I’ll always give a little bit of background with the card, and explain what the meaning of the card is and how it could affect you in your daily dealings.

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Today’s tarot pull is Oshumare (African religion), or Oxumaré (Latin American version), which reflects the spirit of the rainbow. “In the card, we see the shape of a snake (yin, feminine, cold, negative, the mood) and a rainbow (yang, masculine, warm, positive, the sun) a tree under which Oxumaré, in her feminine shape, takes shelter after the rain has stopped, and the sun by her side. The sun’s light passes through water drops and creates a rainbow and its seven colors, painting a daub of enormous beauty in the sky. She was born from the oldest of all mothers of water, representing the union of the sky, the earth, and the water. She therefore meddles with all three, and as already seen, she may take two shapes, two different essences. She has the power of change, transformation, going up and down, confronting and at the same time uniting the opposites, because she comprises both masculine and feminine genders.

Now, I personally want to stop here and say that this snake takes two different essences and has the power of transformation. There may be a situation in your life where you are at a crossroads and are trying to figure out which road to take. However, you have the ability to possess the tools that allow you to partake in whichever side (the masculine or feminine) you want to. The text also states she comprises both masculine and feminine genders, giving her a bit of a bisexuality tip. No, this doesn’t mean that you’re bisexual, but what the energies tell me is that you know what it’s like to transform and switch it up when necessary dependent upon whatever situation you find yourself in. There is enormous beauty in being able to do this, and this should not be taken for granted on today.

“The Earth card in the deck shows a snake going around the globe. A detailed explanation of that symbol as it relates to this card is as follows: The snake biting its own tail means roundness, a circle, the orb, the Earth, and also represents time and eternity, reminding us of cycles, stages, and periods. …a very popular saying is that “every cloud has a silver lining,” and that is very true. After every storm there is ALWAYS a rainbow; there is a permanent coming and going of everything, a continuous happening. We should not forget that Oxumaré is the symbol of transmutation, and the snake is one of the few species that changes its skin.”

Think about the different cycles of life that you may be experiencing right now. I’ll make a personal note here and say that I’ve been in the space of transitioning from one position in my current job to a new one, after a lot of negotiation (and me almost leaving the job until I was offered my current position in which is still TBA as to how it will transpire). I also have been on this spiritual journey to ground myself, and am ever changing because we, as humans, are never meant to stay in the same space and same mentality. Think of this as your opportunity to reflect upon the hope of a new beginning, or a revival of sorts. I know that personally, I am in a space of new beginnings in many endeavors in my life (hey, this website is one of those endeavors), so the timeliness of this card is right on point. ‘This also promotes that thinking is not structural, determinist, or fatalist; on the contrary, one is always looking for a new coming to life, the basis of the theory of reincarnation.’ How are you trying to reincarnate yourself? What are you doing in order to make a change in your life, if you are? How is that manifesting itself? Is it a positive manifestation, or not the manifestation that you expected? Take a step back and think about where you are and whether or not you want to be there.

“The Hindu yogis also speak about a snake which they call “kundalini”, meaning an energy that must rise to higher levels and energize the seven energy centers called chakras. The snake is supposed to sleep in the main or base chakra, located at the base of the spinal cord, and, even in that state, gives vital energy to the individual.”

I’ll give more of a lesson on chakras at a later date, as I do a lot of chakra work personally, but I’ve hyperlinked the basic definition of what they are and why they’re important to keep active. Also, thinking about the root chakra, it deals with the feeling of safety, survival, grounding, support, and foundation for living life. Are you living your best life right now? Do you feel supported and safe? If you aren’t grounding yourself, you may feel like your head is in the clouds and that you have no sense of safety. This could mean that your root chakra is underdeveloped, and you need to do some work to refocus yourself on what your soul purpose is. But Oxumaré shows that you have the ability to transform into what you see yourself being.

The meaning of this card overall allows you to welcome wealth, abundance, material pleasures, favorable changes, and transmutation into your life. Short trips may arise (in time or distance) and your business will thrive. There will be a lot of subtle moves in your day, a bit of diplomacy in your dealings, and you may have some sort of political debate today (not just politics in the terms you’re thinking of them – think another scale as far as conflict with having your power and others trying to take away from it if you don’t ground yourself properly). If you’re someone who is competent in the field of oral, written or visual communications, today is a great day for you to get out there and do something productive. You will be a great leader of groups, conventions, or the masses, and will know how to charm with your looks, hands, voice or speech, making you a grandiloquent person on today.

You have the ability to be versatile, but since it is a dual changing card, dependent upon what your energy is giving and where you are in life today, it could mean a loss of investments made and unfavorable changes, too much quiet and stagnation, or projects you have been working on come to a sudden end. You may be impulsive today if you’re not grounded properly, so make sure that you think through all your actions today and find that balance. You’re ever changing, so if you fuck up today, it’s totally fine. Just remember how to bring yourself back down to Earth, and do what’s necessary for you to push forward and grow along the path that you see fit.

The reading ends with a quote from André Maurois, a French author, that states:

“He who mainly compares his lot with that of others less fortunate, knows how to live.”

I interpret this as being grateful for what you do have and how you can bring more beneficial greatness into your space. We tend to compare ourselves to others that are thriving more than us, but it’s important to be grateful for where you are, and where you can be if you are more intentional in your work. I could be wrong, but that’s what my personal interpretation of the quote is. You’re forever changing, and you inhabit so many different spaces that you don’t even realize at times, but as long as you continue to remember that you have the ability to change and shed the skin of your past and manifest what you want to see in your life to help balance you out, you’ll always be good.

I hope today’s reading spoke to you. Leave comments below if necessary, and I hope that today, you find that balance, as well as shed that old shit and step into your new form. If you are, good for you. If you aren’t, take some time to figure out what you need in order to be the true blue you. Shed what doesn’t serve you anymore on today, and step into the rainbow and see the light after the storm.

Amen. Asé.

-gg